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Response to: ‘Driven to distraction and driving for excellence in ward round practice’ by Pucher and Aggarwal
  1. Ian Thomas1,
  2. Laura Nicol2,
  3. Luke Regan1,
  4. Jennifer Cleland3,
  5. Drieka Maliepaard1,
  6. Lindsay Clark1,
  7. Kenneth Walker2,
  8. John Duncan2
  1. 1 University of Aberdeen, Highland Medical Education Centre, Inverness, UK
  2. 2 Department of General Surgery, NHS Highland, Inverness, UK
  3. 3 Division of Medical and Dental Education, University of Aberdeen, Inverness, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ian Thomas, Highland Medical Education Centre, University of Aberdeen, Inverness IV2 3UJ, UK; ianthomas1{at}nhs.net

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We thank Pucher and Aggarwal1 for their interest in our paper and their kind words on how our research adds to the literature on this topic. We welcome the opportunity to share more detail about our study in response to their three specific questions.

The first question related to how specific distractions used in the study were chosen. These were selected after discussion with a number of local clinical colleagues, ranging from relatively junior doctors through to experienced senior consultants. The results from these focus groups indicated six common workplace distractions. These were the doctor's pager, dealing with ward telephone calls, background noise (such as the ward radio and a domestic's hoover), managing ad hoc prescription tasks and interacting with relatives. …

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